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Kyoto is the capital city of the Kyoto region in Japan, which is located on the island of Honshu. Kyoto is home to around 2,000 different temples and shrines, so this naturally attracts a lot of tourists curious about the architecture. It also hosts many different traditional festivals and parades, such as the Gion Matsuri, which is one of the biggest festivals in Japan.
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal. It is located along the northwest coast of the country and has a population of around 249,633 in the actual city, and then another 1,300,000 in the surrounding areas. Porto has a rich history, and this is reflected in the city’s architecture – one of the standout buildings is Porto Cathedral
Tokyo is the capital and most populated prefecture in Japan. Originally founded as a fishing village, the city began to gain prominent influence in 1603 and now is an international hub for all things culture, politics and technology. In the past, Tokyo has held many popular international events, most recently the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Lisbon is the capital city and also the largest city in Portugal. The city contains a mix of different architectures, including Gothic, Roman and Baroque. Lisbon has a very prominent art culture and is home to several establishes museums, including The National Museum of Ancient Art, which houses one of the biggest art collections in the world.
Split is a city located in the Dalmatia region and is the second-largest city in Croatia. It can be found to the south-east of the country on the coast overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Split has a very rich culture, with many naming it the centre of Croatian culture, with the centre of the city being named a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Zagreb is the capital, as well as the largest city in Croatia. Unlike most of Croatia’s major destinations which are situated along the coastline, Zagreb can be found in the northern part of the country. Zagreb welcomes a lot of visitors, both passing through to reach the coast, but also as a destination itself. It is hope to several sporting arenas, as well as many museums.
Dubrovnik is a city located in southern Croatia, right on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in Croatia due to its location and attractions, in fact the city received around 1.4 million visitors in 2019. Dubrovnik is most known for its iconic Old Town, which is surrounded by giant stone walls.
Saarbrücken is a city located near the French border on the edge of Germany. The modern city was founded in 1903 after three smaller towns merged into one. Saarbrücken is a popular sport culture, with several different football clubs residing inside, as well as other sports.
Düsseldorf is the capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia region, which is the most populated region in Germany. The city is located where the Rhine and Düssel rivers meet and is a global hub for many different types of businesses. It is also home to many different universities, meaning that you can always find something to do here.
Dresden is the capital city of the state of Saxony and is one of the most-visited cities consistently each year. It is one of the greenest cities in the world, with, with 62% of the city areas green and woodland areas, and also contains four nature reserves.
Cologne is the largest city in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region. Cologne sits along the river Rhine and the city’s cathedral, Kölner Dom, is the third-tallest church and tallest cathedral in the world. The city has a strong rivalry with neighbouring city Düsseldorf and displays this through various sporting and cultural events.
Groningen is the main and capital city of the Groningen province, located in the north of the Netherlands. The city has a population of around 230,000 and has a large student population, which accounts for around 25% of its population.
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Featured Travel Tips
Over the years we have collected many great travellers tips, this means many moments of ‘Oh, if I had only known!” can be avoided. Here are a featured selection of top travel tips collected from experienced travellers from around the world.
- Follow your instincts – You will know if something feels right. Always listen to yourself and don’t be dragged with the crowd.
- Take some time to walk up the 275 step narrow, spiral staircase in York Minster for breathtaking 360 views of the city and a great sense of achievement.
- Watch your belongings – Split your money and keep it close. Keep an eye on your bags at all times, this could save you a lot of trouble and expense.
- Taking offence – Travelling you will meet a lot of like-minded people, but not everyone will want to be your friend. Be confident, don’t take what people might say personally.
- Research before you go – knowledge of the country or city you are travelling is essential. Make sure you are aware of what to expect when you arrive.
- If you're in York during the summer, book a Hot Air Balloon flight for unforgettable views of York and the beautiful surrounding landscape.
Are there any places I should avoid visiting?
We would never say don’t go anywhere. It’s your choice. What we would say is make sure you are prepared and you know what you might expect during your visit. As long as you have done your research you can make yourself as safe as possible in the places you are visiting.
What should I take with me backpacking?
Firstly remember, whatever you take you will have to carry with you for the whole travelling experience. Don’t take anything you can’t afford to lose or can’t replace. At a minimum make sure you have the follow, the rest you can buy.
- Phone and adapters
- Notebook and pencil
- Lock for your bag
- Clothes and laundry bag
- Comfortable shoes and flip flops
- Water bottle
- Toiletries and painkillers
- First aid kit
What are the safest countries in the world to visit?
The Institute for Economics and Peace released its Global Peace Index for last year, this is their ranking of the world’s safest countries.
- New Zealand
- Czech Republic